Downtown Orlando to Remain Non-Epicenter of Retail

If you've been wondering when downtown would start getting some retail, here's your answer and you won't like it. In a recent OBJ article, downtown Creative Village developer Craig Ustler said downtown will not become a "major retail destination." Yes it'll have coffee shops and bars, but it won't have Banana Republic says the city-shaping mogul:
"I don't want anybody to think that any of us are talking about downtown becoming a major retail destination as much as we are it's an integral part of the lifestyle as an urban amenity," Ustler said. "It doesn't ultimately take up a ton of square footage. It just really provides a lifestyle balance to what will largely be — because the young, smart creative people that are starting companies and what not, they drink coffee and beer, walk their dog and do that kind of stuff, so that's what you're going to react to, more than just saying, 'Hey we're going to build a Banana Republic because somebody wants to buy a shirt.' That is not what's going to happen in urban environments more or less. It's going to be totally lifestyle-based and really be an urban amenity to a larger division."

Have a Happy Spa-liday on the Beach in Fort Lauderdale

Escape to the spa at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort and enjoy holiday specials like a peppermint pedi or gingerbread massage.

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As much as we all love the busy holiday season, let’s be honest: sometimes it can get a little stressful! So why not treat yourself to a spa day? One of my favorite spas in the Fort Lauderdale area is at the lovely Pelican Grand Beach Resort, part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection. It’s located directly on a 500-foot private beach and the 11th floor PURE Spa offers incredible ocean views.

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Industry veteran and Spa Director, George Powell-Lopez, co-created the intimate Scandinavian-inspired space. It’s an ideal rooftop retreat complete with two outdoor spa cabanas.

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I chose this hotel to showcase in my summer issue of Modern Luxury Weddings South Florida and The Caribbean because the location directly on the sand is picture perfect. Just look at the views from the ballroom and the incredible tabletop design by my friend Anna Noriega with Aloré Event Firm.


The nearly 3,000 square-foot spa also offers a relaxation room with hanging chairs, two oceanfront mani/pedi stations and an outdoor shower–all touting panoramic water views. Whitewashed wooden floors, green accented walls with wooded boxed décor and floor-to-ceiling glass windows throughout complete the well-appointed Swedish style.

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PURE Spa provides an assortment of signature treatments and the holiday specials are particularly spectacular:

  • Gingerbread Massage: Using Mara Akerberg’s Ginger Oil, this 50-minute massage will leave you feeling refreshed and exhilarated. Ginger is known to have a healing effect not only internally, but externally. You’ll also receive gingerbread bites and ginger tea ($145).
  • The Peppermint Pedicure: A classic pedicure using essential peppermint oils to refresh tired feet. During the service, you’ll receive peppermint candy cane and peppermint tea ($65).
  • White Christmas Body Glow: This 50-minute special holiday treatment rids that winter skin leaving your skin soft, smooth and with a heavenly scent of white chocolate. White chocolate body scrub is used to exfoliate the skin followed by white chocolate body oil for a complete massage. The treatment is finished off with white chocolate body lotion leaving skin supple and delicious ($145).
  • Mistletoe Mingle: 50 minute couples massage with complimentary bathing ritual ($260).

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The spa also offers roof-top yoga along with a year round menu of massage therapy, facials and skin care essentials, body treatments, nail care, waxing and make-up application services.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort is located at 2000 North Ocean Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305. For reservations call 954.568.9431 or visit Follow the resort’s social channels for more vacation inspiration:



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12/19 Maker Monday: Art by Yaa Rivera – Pop-Up Event at The District @ Mills 50

MAKER MONDAY NIGHTS AT THE DISTRICT: @SOSArtGallery hosts Maker Monday from 5-9 pm at The District At Mills 50 — featuring a local business co-op marketplace of 35+ vendors and weekly special events. The December 19th edition of Maker Monday features the artwork of Yaa Rivera. SHOP LOCAL at The District At Mills 50 OPEN DAILY (1221 N. Mills Ave.). READ MORE […]

Meet The Artist Behind @LauraBoninoArt — 12/2 Friday Night Live, 12/5 Maker Monday at The District @ Mills 50

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE DISTRICT: @SOSArtGallery is kicking off a new series FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE during the hours of 5-9 pm at The District At Mills 50 — featuring a local business co-op marketplace of 35+ vendors and weekly special events. The December 2nd edition of Friday Night Live features live painting by @LauraBoninoArt of the @SOSArtGallery team. SHOP LOCAL at The […]

The Museum of Burgers Opens December 2nd in Miami

The Burger Museum (Website) is opening at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Avenue) on Friday December 2nd at Noon. The 1500 sq ft museum will have 2000 pieces of historical artifacts, collectibles and ephemera from comfort food restaurants around the US.

The film Hamburger America (Website) will be playing inside the on-site movie theatre. 

Museum Hours: Thursday - Sunday 12PM-8PM. 

Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for Children. Parking is free.

Light Up SODO Welcomes’s Holiday Market PT3 is excited to be a part of Downtown South's annual Light Up SoDo 2016! This will be Part 2 of our 4-part holiday market series. Part 1 was at our monthly 2nd Sundays food truck event in front of Fashion Square Mall this month, Part 2 is at the City of Orlando's Downtown Treelighting Ceremony and Part 4 is once again at our monthly 2nd Sundays food truck event in December in front of Fashion Square Mall.

  1. Santa
  2. Bounce house
  3. Face painting
  4. Train rides
  5. Beer garden
  6. Live DJ
  7. Choral performances
  8. Live wreath making
  9. Live DJ

  1. Cloak & Dapper
  2. Rainwater Soap, LLC
  3. AmberflyJewelry 
  4. Trashcanmuffin
  5. REmix
  6. Crawford's
  7. Skylar's Treasures
  8. Freehand Goods
  9. Trades of Hope
  10. holyghostswag
  11. Bala's Hiding Spot
  13. Dre's coin rings
  14. Hazelwea Designs
  15. Blingiton
  16. Jamberry Nails
  17. Vita Luna Cafe
  18. Angel B's Designs